More Coding Resources

I recently started dipping my toe into Twitter chats, and participated in a few regarding teaching kids how to code.  During these chats, I’ve come across a few more fabulous resources that I want to share with any of you who are considering the idea of teaching programming to kids.

from: "Why Children Should Learn How to Program"
from: “Why Children Should Learn How to Program”

I recently started dipping my toe into Twitter chats, and participated in a few regarding teaching kids how to code.  During these chats, I’ve come across a few more fabulous resources that I want to share with any of you who are considering the idea of teaching programming to kids.

Here is a free ePub book from Wes Fryer – Hopscotch Challenges: A Free Curriculum eBook for iPad Coders (You will need an ePub reader on your computer to view this.  I like Adobe Digital Editions, which is also free.)

Also, here are a couple of Google Docs:

First is an amazing Coding/Robotics Learning Continuum that is a Google Doc.  It was created by Verena Roberts (@verenanz), and shared with me through Margaret Powers (@mpowers3)

Another fabulous Google Doc is “Making the Case for CS in K8” from Patrice Gans (@reesegans).

Both of these are chock full of links to products, sites, and apps that support teaching kids basic programming skills.

If you are interested in participating in a Twitter chat about coding for kids, the #kidscancode chat takes place at 8 PM EST on Tuesday evenings.  This past week, it was co-hosted by the #patue chat.  It seemed to be quite a hot topic, because tweets were flying all over the Twittersphere!  As a relative newbie to chats, I had a bit of a hard time keeping up, but I learned a lot, and made some great new connections.

Not interested in chatting?  No problem.  I can hook you up with tons of additional resources.  E-mail me at engagetheirminds@gmail.com, or take a look at my Programming for Kids Pinterest Board.

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